Deben Swimming Club has a diverse membership, so you are sure to find a squad that suits your ability and swimming objectives. For more information or to register your interest please email our New Membership Secretary, Dawn Foskett, providing your name, address and phone number.

Generally new swimmers will be invited for a trial session so that their level / ability can be assessed. From there they will either be invited to join at the next intake or they will join the relevant waiting list.

When you first start...

We hope this will be the beginning of a long, enjoyable and successful career in competitive swimming. This guide is intended to answer questions swimmers and parents may have at this early stage.
Training
Competitive swimming depends upon regular training, and as you progress through the club you will be expected to train more often and for longer sessions. Training sessions take place in Woodbridge and for Performance, AGP and AGD at Woolverstone twice a week. You should always do your best to attend your training sessions regularly, and let your coach know if you are unable to swim due to illness or injury.
Things to remember:
• Be on time! Your coach will have prepared a session to last a set length of time. If you are late you won’t have time to warm up properly and will disrupt the training session.
• Use the toilet before starting the training session.
• Have all your equipment with you ready to use
• Listen to your coach. They will explain what they want you to do and answer your questions, but they will get fed up if they have to repeat things because swimmers aren’t listening.
• Always do your best.
If you have any questions to ask about your training at any time, the first person to ask is your coach. If they are unable to help, they will probably know who can.

Equipment
You will need to have the following equipment with you for every training session:
• Swimming costume/trunks and towel.
• Deben Swimming hat (unless you have very short hair).
• Well fitting goggles
• Drink in a plastic bottle (fizzy drinks are not suitable)
• Kick board
• Pull buoy.
• Fins ( short training )
• Net bag to keep your wet gear in.
A club shirt will be useful to wear on poolside during galas and time trials and is an excellent place to sew badges. These can be ordered from Elaine (Club secretary) . You will also need your Deben hat to wear in competitions.
As you move up the squads you will need extra equipment, but your coach will explain what is needed.
You may also like to get a note book to keep a record of your swimming, especially once you start competing in galas. A record of your personal best times for each event will allow you to keep track of your progress. You will need to keep a record of your times and the place and date you did them as they will be needed for when you enter galas.

Subscription rates for Deben Swimming Club from the 1st July 2018 can be found below.

Subscriptions are payable on the 1st of each month by bank standing order. ASA fees for swimmers and parent member are payable annually (see bottom of page).

Any concerns or queries that you have regarding the amendment in monthly subscriptions should be directed to debensc.finance@hotmail.co.uk, as should any reminders of your families Unique Account ID (eg: DSC9999 BROWN X/Y/Z.) to be used on all payments - issued to ease the process of tracking Standing Orders.

SQUAD
Subscription Charge
Performance 70.00
Performance Development 61.00
Age Group Performance 59.00
Age Group Development 50.00
J & S Club 33.00
Skill Development 36.00
Transition 2 33.00
Transition 1 28.00
Teaching Stages 4 to 8 23.50

ASA fees are also payable on an annual basis, the rate payable depends on the squad. For every child who is under 18, there must also be a parent member. Rates for 2014 are in the table below.

Category Description Charge p/person
1 Teaching Section £16.50
2 Transition, Junior, Skill Development, Competitive Development, Age Group Development, Age Group Performance, Performance, Youth Performance £34.00
3 Parent for children under 16 £7.50

The Squads

Junior Club Squad & Senior Club Squad

Swimmers will learn how to work out turn-around times using the pace clock and lane etiquette, together with all turns including Individual Medley. Stroke technique will be further emphasised and drills will be introduced to achieve maximum progression and understanding of technique.

Swimmers will be expected to –

  • Achieve Competitive Start Award.
  • Take part in the Junior and Deben Club meets and leagues, open meets that they qualify for and time trials.
  • Encouraged to achieve Suffolk Development qualifying times.

​This squad allows swimmers the opportunity to decide whether they wish to be selected for league or Open Meets or whether they only wish to train for fitness. They will be motivated and encouraged to achieve their own relevant goals.

  • County and Regional qualifying times will still be aspired to within this squad but not a requirement.


Skill Development Squad

This squad will further concentrate on refining technique and optimising progress of the swimmer. More emphasis will be put on the importance of the turns, starts and finishes. The training will be focused around Individual Medleys giving the swimmers a chance to excel at all strokes and increase their fitness levels compared to those in the Junior squad.

Swimmers will be expected to –

  • Compete in League Competitions, Deben and other Open Meets that they qualify for and time trials.
  • Achieve Suffolk Development qualifying times as well as Suffolk County qualifying times.

 

Competitive Squads - Guideline squad criteria

General

Membership of all squads is at the discretion of the coaching team and, ultimately, the Head Coach.  Allocations will be based on a range of factors, including the following:

  • Commitment to / attendance at training and competitions
  • Attitude, behaviour and performance during training sessions
  • Age (see Guideline squad age and British Swimming Athlete Development Support Pathway (“ADSP”) profile)
  • Guideline training performance standards
  • Competitive performances

Some of the factors that will be taken into account in squad allocation are squad specific and the guidelines for each squad are set out below.  In addition, there are a number of requirements which are expected of all swimmers:

  • Commitment to give 100% effort at all training sessions
  • Positive approach to training and willingness to learn and improve
  • Consistent attendance at training
  • Timely arrival at training sessions, in time to carry out pre-pool routine
  • Appropriate behaviour to coaches and other swimmers at all times – being a ‘team player’, polite, supportive and empathetic

Performance

Competitive standards

Swimmers will be expected to have / have the potential to obtain multiple Regional Qualifying Times and to be aiming to achieve national qualification in at least one event.

Attendance

Available pool sessions / hours per week:   6 / 9.5 hrs.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 5 pool sessions and one land training session each week.

Guideline training criteria

Swimmers in Performance will generally be expected to be capable of maintaining the following training standards:

Boys:  15 x 100m FC at 1:15 on 1:30

Girls:  15 x 100m FC at 1:20 on 1:35

Technical standards: Swimmers will be expected routinely to perform the following:

  • Minimum of 6 effective underwater fly kicks off the wall on FC / BC / fly
  • No breathing last 2 strokes into FC turn / no breathing on breakout stroke
  • Self management of turn around times and training paces.

 

Performance Development

Competitive standards

Swimmers will be expected to have / have the potential to obtain multiple County Qualifying Times across a range of strokes / distances and be aiming for Regional Qualifying Times in more than one event.

Attendance

Available sessions / pool hours per week:    5 / 8 hrs.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend all the pool sessions and one land training session each week.

Guideline training criteria

Swimmers in Performance Development will generally be expected to be capable of maintaining the following training standards:

Boys:  15 x 100m FC at 1:20 on 1:35

Girls:  15 x 100m FC at 1:25 on 1:40

Technical standards: Swimmers will be expected routinely to perform the following:

  • 5-6 effective underwater fly kicks off the wall on FC / BC / fly
  • No breathing last 2 strokes into FC turn / no breathing on breakout stroke
  • Self management of turn around times.

 

Age Group Performance

Competitive standards

Swimmers will be expected to have / have the potential to obtain multiple County Qualifying Times across a range of strokes / distances and be aiming for Regional Qualifying Times in at least one event.

Attendance

Available sessions / pool hours per week:   5 / 7.5.

Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 4 pool sessions and one land training session each week.

Guideline training criteria

The Age Group Performance squad will follow a multi-stroke training programme and swimmers will be expected to both train and compete in all four strokes and individual medley, across a range  of distances.

Swimmers in Age Group Performance will generally be expected to be capable of maintaining the following training standards:

Boys:  15 x 100m FC on 1:45, with a target time of 1:30

Girls:  15 x 100m FC on 1:45, with a target time of 1:30

Technical standards: Swimmers will be expected routinely to perform the following:

  • 4-5 effective underwater fly kicks off the wall on FC / BC / fly
  • No breathing last 2 strokes into FC turn / no breathing on breakout stroke

 

Age Group Development

Competitive standards

Swimmers will be expected to have / have the potential to obtain County Qualifying Times in at least one event and be aiming for CQT across a range of events

Attendance

Available sessions / pool hours per week:   4 / 5.5 hrs

Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 3 pool sessions and one land training session each week.

Guideline training criteria

The Age Group Development squad will follow a multi-stroke training programme and swimmers will be expected to both train and compete in all four strokes and individual medley.

Swimmers in Age Group Development will generally be expected to be capable of maintaining the following training standards:

Boys:  10 x 100m FC on 2:10 with a target time of  ~1:40 (with efficient turns and maintaining stroke quality)

Girls:  10 x 100m FC on 2:10 with a target time of  ~1:40 (with efficient turns and maintaining stroke quality)

Technical standards:

  • Demonstrate effective stroke technique in all four strokes over 100m (50m for fly)
  • Be able routinely to perform legal competitive starts, turns and finishes in all four strokes
  • Demonstrate ability to use 4-5 effective fly kick off the wall FC / BC / fly
  • No breathing last 2 strokes into FC turn / no breathing on breakout stroke
  • Develop ability to use pace clock effectively to time training sets

Notes

  • This document describes the expectations of all Deben squads. It should be noted that entry criteria for all squads is based on the potential to achieve the criteria set out below as well as attitude, ability and attendance.
  • For entry into the next squad or to maintain position in current squad attendance must be more than 60% of the sessions with a target of 75%, unless there has been long term illness of holiday which will be taken into account.
  • The AGD, AGP and Performance squads are expected to arrive 15mins early for land warm up before starting their swim session. It is the swimmers responsibility to undertake this warm up correctly and should follow the same routine as used for land training warm up.
  • All swimmers will be subject to continuous review within their squad.
  • Movement from squad to squad will be at the Head Coach’s discretion. It is important to understand that the criteria is set for a reason and any swimmer unable to fulfill it will be moved into another squad until such a time they are able to achieve the entry level again.


THE STRUCTURE WILL ALWAYS ENCOMPASS OUR BELIEFS THAT WE CAN CATER FOR EVERYONE`S NEEDS AND ALL SWIMMERS ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SWIM.

Training Timetable can be found on the calender page.

Phone & Fax
Address
Deben Swimming Pool, Station Rd,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4AU